For the people who want to look the future in the eyes

Join a school of education ranked in the top 250 worldwide

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Research that makes a difference, quality programmes and inspiring leadership are what makes us distinctive.

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education encompasses programmes that are grounded in current theories in education and offers opportunities for real-life practical experiences. We foster a supportive and friendly environment that produces high quality, sought-after graduates who establish successful careers throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Why study with us?

  • Ranked in the top 250 for education worldwide
  • Flexible study options - Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
  • 80+ days of in-class teaching for Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Flexible study options

With a long history of successful online provision, we are proud to now deliver all initial teacher education programmes online* so that you can study in a way that suits you and your location!  Gain plenty of professional experience in centres and schools with all of our delivery options.

*Please note that our online study options also require some face to face components during on campus block weeks, twice a year.

Become a teacher

Become a teacher

Teacher Aide Course (TAIDE)
This nine week course, for current Teacher Aides and those in a Learning Support role, enhances knowledge and skills around building relationships, collaborating with teachers and differentiating support for your learners.

Early Childhood Education Teaching (GradDipTchg)
Complete the one-year GradDipTchg - Teaching (Early Childhood) to create a career working in a variety of childhood setting with children from birth up to six years old.

Bachelor of Teaching in Primary (BTchg)
The three-year BTchg (Primary) prepares you for a career working in primary, middle and intermediate schools.

Secondary School Teaching (GradDipTchg/PGDipTchg/MTchgLn)
To teach at a secondary school level you need to first have an undergraduate degree in your relevant field and then complete one of our one-year qualifications.

*Please note we aren't accepting new enrolments into Early Childhood Education for the Bachelor of Teaching for 2023

Career Change

Looking to change careers? Or build on your current degree?

Kickstart your career in as little as one year, and gain practical in-class experience throughout your qualification in Early Childhood Education, Primary Teaching, or Secondary Teaching. Ignite a passion for learning and get ready to inspire the next generation to lead change. Find the right qualification and the right study option for you.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching
Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching
Master of Teaching and Learning

Advance your career

Improve your skills and develop your leadership capabilities in Education with a Masters degree from Waikato.

Advance you career

Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies
Become a practitioner that challenges social norms

Master of Education
Develop expertise in a specialist area

Master of Educational Leadership
Make a difference to the quality of education

Master of Educational Management
Gain leadership and business skills


Interested in counselling?

The University of Waikato's counsellor education programmes are renowned for their distinctive orientation in teaching narrative approaches to counselling and therapy. Graduates of the programmes have taken up leadership positions as practitioners, practice leaders, researchers and counsellor educators.

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (with a specialisation in Counselling Supervision)

Master of Counselling

Master of Education (Counselling Studies)

Social Sciences

Understand learning and development

Study Digital LearningEducation and Society or Human Development with a Bachelor of Social Sciences at Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education. Work with and for people in a flexible way that works for you; many of our papers we offer in these subjects are available online.

Bachelor of Social Sciences

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